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BCCI eyes change in electing president

Nagraj Gollapudi

August 23, 2012

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BCCI secretary N Srinivasan speaks at a press conference in Colombo, January 13, 2009
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The BCCI is considering an amendment to its constitution that will allow the most "capable" candidate across zones to be elected president, as opposed to the current zonal system. A special general body meeting is likely to be convened on September 15 to finalise the issue.

The BCCI president has traditionally been chosen on a rotational basis with each zone appointing a nominee from within who has to be recommended by one proposer and seconded by another office-bearer from the same zone. The new system, if adopted, will need an additional proposer from the same zone to support the nomination. This would ensure that a candidate from outside the zone would have reasonable support in the zone backing him.

"Just because presidents are elected by rotation by default, that does not mean the candidate can be anyone. But if there is at least more than one proposer supporting him from his zone that at least would prove he is a person of merit," a working committee member told ESPNcricinfo.

The matter was reportedly raised at the board's working committee meeting in Chennai on Wednesday by the president N Srinivasan; the committee members agreed to discuss it at the special meeting next month.

Srinivasan's term ends in September 2014 and it will then be the turn of the East Zone to nominate the president. However, there are fears within the board about a suitable candidate from that zone. "There is no unanimous choice yet, nor any eminent name coming from the East," the member said.

As a solution, Shashank Manohar, Srinivasan's predecessor, informally told board members last year that the "best man should lead the board" and suggested the increase in the number of proposers. All the members had agreed in principle with Manohar. "The BCCI is a powerful association so there needs to be a capable person appointed as the president," another board official said.

Another key decision finalised at the meeting was extending the one-time monetary benefit payment to Gundappa Viswanath, Mohinder Amarnath, Dilip Vengsarkar and Syed Kirmani. The board had initially said that these four players were not eligible for the payment because each one had been granted a benefit ODI in the past. However, it is understood that some of those players sought Srinivasan's intervention saying they deserved the one-time scheme because they had not made enough money from the benefit match.

"Their other argument was some of the other former Indian players who had an independent benefit match, even if not an international, were getting the one-time grant, why should they miss out," another working committee member said.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 26, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Ir is really good decision to being most capable person as the president of BCCI. I would rather suggest people like Anil Kumble who has the excellent knowledge of the cricket as well administration calibre and respected by everyone be chosen for the post for the good future of BCCI.

It is also nice to hear that GRV and other 3 Players proposal of one time payments. They deserve it and if we remember those r the guys who wer facing fast bowlers without hand, theigh and other guards. I have sen GRV keeping towel in his pockets and facing the greatest of of great West Indian fast bowlers with great success. They deserve to be honoured with one time payment.

Panduranga sr Bangalore

Posted by wolf777 on (August 26, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

How about a CEO to run day to day affairs?

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

All politicians should be out of BCCI, only test players and ranji trophy players with 50+ match experience should be on BCCI. Others do not need to be on the board, when they do not know anything about cricket. What experience Sharad Pawar has as far as cricket is concerned?

Posted by ramli on (August 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

one time monetary benefit ... At last ... common sense prevailed in BCCI ... to include GRV and others ... good news to cricket lovers ... their contribution to Indian cricket has been immense

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 24, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

I think they do not want Jagmohan Dalmiya. So they working out a plan to get rid of him. Its all politics. WEST/SOUTH/NORTH working unison to beat Dalmiya. I think Dalmiya should be next BCCI president and get rid of these current clowns

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 24, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

That's good tradition. Mr.Srinivasan , i like the effort you are putting in to bring the best man to make President. But i would like to urge you that please allow the nominee's who know cricket well; i mean he should understand what it takes to keep players happy when in terms of providing facilities. No politics should be in this regard please.

Posted by crindo77 on (August 23, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

He's the Gordon Brown of Indian cricket management.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Yeah,all this is well and good but did you guys really have to put an extreme close-up picture of Mr. Srinivasan? It's a bit jarring, you know? :D

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

please make sanjay and harsha to join Selectors committee

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